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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Happy as a Sandboy

Not content to limit my self improvement program to increasing my vocabulary by a single word a day, I decide to add a phrase to the mix. Today's enrichment comes from The Pirate Dictionary (Pelican Publishing, 2004). Now we're all familiar with those old favorites, "shiver yer timbers" and "walking the plank," so in search of something new I sticks me finger in this book and comes up with this beauty:

  • happy as a Sandboy The Ostrich Inn, on the site of the original harbour of Bristol, is next to the Redcliffe Caves which used to be a major source of sand. Landlords used to send little boys (sandboys) into the caves to collect sand to spread on the floor of the tavern to soak up the beer spillages. They were paid in beer.

How can you not love that one! Addicted as I am to arcane dictionaries and encyclopedias, I'm going to have to consider adding this one to the collection, matey.

P.S. Not content to let well enough alone, I decide to check out this pirate stuff on the internet. I can see I've really been asleep at the wheel on this one. Two guys tried to start a Talk Like a Pirate Day in 2002 and all that seems to have come of it is that Dave Barry got a great column out of it entitled "Talking the Plank." Strangest of all though is a guy who says "it has been my lifelong dream to start the first Pirate Rap band." Shiver me eardrums!

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